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Baby’s First Nature Walk

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir

As part of the National Environmental Education Week Challenge, I decided to take Joshua for a walk around the farm.  I believe that if you expose a child to the environment and teach him to love nature, he will grow up to protect it.

We walked with my mom through the apple orchard, under the covered bridge and by the pond.

At the pond we saw geese, a duck, three turtles and lots of frogs.

We saw daffodils in bloom, picked one and smelled it.

The peach trees were blossoming, and we were greeted by Dukie.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to join the National Environmental Education Week Challenge! Email your post or leave a comment by April 19th!

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Baby Wild Turkeys

Ed and I knew it was getting to be time for the little turkeys to hatch, and have been expecting to see them for about a week.  This afternoon, I spied a new momma turkey and her brood through my kitchen window.  I tried to quietly open the back door so I wouldn’t scare her off, and then I took these shots.  The babies are so small, you can barely see them over the grass.  I think I counted 10, but I’m not sure.

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Shades of Lavender and White

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I put so much effort into my gardens.  Weeding, shoveling cow manure, dead-heading, planting seeds, picking off bugs, transplanting seedlings.  But then Mother Nature has to go and show me up with these wildflowers in shades of lavender and white.

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To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.

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Natural Living

This post is my contribution to the February APLS Blog Carnival, which will be hosted by the Green Raven a.k.a. The Purloined Letter and posted on February 20 at the Green Phone Booth.

Today at work, while in a workshop learning how to help our students reduce test anxiety, the presenter asked us to close our eyes and imagine the most relaxing places we could go to.  I imagined sitting in an Adirondack chair near my garden.  I could see all the flowers, watch the bees zoom around, smell the tomatoes, hear the wind chimes, and feel the warm sun on my skin. 

Nature is a big part of my life.  Growing up on my family’s farm, I spent lots of time outside with my family, working and playing.  Now, I love to get outdoors.  The time I spend in nature makes me feel more connected to the rest of the world and helps me to relax.

Here are some ways that I get outside to enjoy nature throughout the four seasons.  Some are regular occurrences, and some are things that I only do occasionally, but all of them are relaxing and enjoyable. 

  • Take a walk.  I am not into exercise for the most part, but I do really enjoy taking a nice walk.  I most enjoy walking when I’ve got someone to talk to, and most of the time that’s my mom.  We go for walks on the beach, the annual walk around our town’s reservoir, and around my parents’ farm.
  • Go swimming.  I usually swim in my parents’ pool, but I also enjoy going to the beach or lakes.  There’s nothing like jumping into the water and floating around.
  • Garden.  I’m already itching to get outside this year.  I’m counting down (literally) until St. Patrick’s Day when I can plant my snap peas outside.  Once it really warms up, I’ll be out in the garden weeding, watering, and admiring my plants everyday.
  • Read.  I love to sit outside and read a book, magazine, or even grade papers.  The change of scenery makes such a difference, and the fresh air keeps me motivated.
  • Visit parks in the off-season.  My mom and I like to rollerblade in the springtime at one of the local campgrounds at nearby state park.  When it’s closed, the paved roadways make a great spot to rollerblade.  We see people there walking dogs and riding bikes with their kids, and everyone is happy to be back outside in the first warmer days of spring.
  • Go to the farm.  We enjoy going my family’s farm to get outside.  From feeding fish in the spring to picnics in the summer and hayrides in the fall, there’s always something to do.  We love to spend time outside at Ed’s family’s home and go fishing on their boat, too.
  • Support other local farmers.  I’m a friend to farmland who loves to visit local farmer’s markets as well as local fairs
  • Sit outside with my husband.  One of our favorite things to do on summer evenings is sit outside and talk.  We sit in the cooler night air, sip iced tea or lemonade, and listen to each other and the sounds of the evening.  We’ll also share meals outside on our back deck in the summer time.  It’s a great way to de-stress after a long day at work.
  • Photography.  I love to get outside and snap photos of my gardens, the trees, even the snow.  While I may not be a great photographer, the time I spend outside taking pictures is time that I really enjoy.  Sunday Strolls have helped me to continue to get outside this winter, even when I would have been comfortable to stay in the warm house.  After a stroll, I always feel refreshed, even if my cheeks are rosy from the cold.
  • Experiential Learning.  I love taking my students outside to learn about nature and our area’s natural history.

How do you get outside to enjoy nature?

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Relaxing Outside

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I took advantage of the sunny 35°F temperatures by sitting outside on the porch in the front of our house for about a half hour.  Our little porch is sheltered from the wind, so I bundled up and enjoyed sitting in the warm sun.  With my laptop and a glass of iced tea, I imagined that it was spring, and until the wind really started blowing, it felt like spring.

The reality is that we have a long time to go before spring gets here.  While I’ve been dreaming of spring recently, I have been enjoying the winter.  I love the snow, and along the Connecticut shoreline we’ve had 15 inches more snow than usual by this point in January.  I love the snow, but I hate how the cold temperatures keep me inside.  Getting out just for a little bit felt great today.

When I took a course in urban botany, I learned about the calming effects of nature, and realized that nature truly does have that affect on me.  After a day of administering and grading midyear exams, getting outside was just what I needed to do to relax when I got home.

What are some ways that you get outside during the winter season?

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Sparkling Snow

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I was so impressed by the beautiful sparkle of the snow this morning.  I feel very fortunate that I’m home to enjoy the beauty and spend time cleaning the walkways, while keeping the fire burning and the house toasty warm.

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